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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
Ginger Snaps Back now takes place in the 19th century with the same fromulaic elements from the first one. An oddly paced film, the two actresses still do a decent job in portraying the ancestors of their characters from Ginger Snaps. The weakest of the trilogy, because A; a prequel was not necessary. B; a very unoriginal plot; and C; story development not that great. The thing what worked with the first film was it's uniqueness worked very well for having a teenage girl becoming a werewolf and using teen angst and puberty as innovative aspects of the film. The sequel could have been better by structuring the whole film a bit more maintained. Now with this one it was unnecessary to have a backstory, because there was no mention of it in Ginger Snaps and it is very formulaic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2014

GINGER SNAPS BACK: THE BEGINNING is the "prequel" to GINGER SNAPS and GINGER SNAPS (2): UNLEASHED. Personally it's not only my favorite werewolf movie in general, it's also my favorite in the series, due to the unique and darker atmosphere and the incredibly well-working setting: 19th century Canada.
It doesn't offer anything new, though and it certainly will win no awards in originality.
Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins basically play the same characters as in the previous parts, just in the past. They both deliver very good and convincing performances.
The pacing is just perfect, the special effects overall quite good - no CGI here - just the werewolves looked better in the UNDERWORLD movies, they are just OK here.
GINGER SNAPS BACK: THE BEGINNING would have been better (probably also more successful) if it had been the first in the series simply because seeing the same actresses in the same roles with the same story won't appeal to everybody, but if you can look past this, you're in for a very good werewolf movie indeed!

RATING: 9 / 10


Reviewed version: 2004 Mosaic Entertainment UK DVD
Feature running time: 90 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: NONE
Chapters: 12
Extras: Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Director's video diary, Wolfboy, Production Design, Featurettes.
Region: 2

Picture: C+
Audio: B
Extras: C+
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 25 March 2005
Third time is the charm. This is the third movie "Ginger Snaps Back" in the ginger snaps series and in my opinion the best. The first "Ginger Snaps" of course always get the privilege of being unique as a different more caring wolfy sisters. The second "Ginger Snaps 2" however was nothing more than an exploitation film relying on the reputation of the first film.

They seem to have found more money for this prequel and took acting lessons as this film was beautiful and well organized. There were a few overdone "Blair Witch" type scenes but they did not distract form the over all feel. It was a bit darker but would have been impossible to make otherwise. You may also notice that they had to go out of their way to show the sisters periodically as the story and some of the other actors were acting rings around them.

During the early exploration of the continent (1815) a group of people built a fort on the edge of the known world. Through a series of misfortunes and events two sisters Bridget and Ginger are lead to the fort by a mysterious native. There they encounter some odd characters and something unspeakable howling outside the fort.

Is it safer inside or out side the fort?

What is seen in the future and must it come true?

Is the bond of sisters stronger than any adversity?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2014
A good old vampire thriller!You may want to close Your windows before watching this one. I got this one for my daughter's friend,who loves these vampire films. It seems to me that Dracula may have a competitor!I know that Dracula is still the grandaddy of the vampire craze,where the fathers locked up their daughters,made them wear crucifixes,and put garlic everywhere,as they did not want him to visit them!
ginger snaps is different-fat prettier then a vampire bat hovering around You-Take cover,as she wants Your blood!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2005
Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is a good film in its own right. The plot and characters are involving, the script is well written, the effects are not horrifc, the actors are great and the twist at the end makes the film. The other side to this film is that it lacks an extra dimension unless viewers watch Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps Unleashed. GSU is the better film of them all, but in order to love the films, you must watch them all, as the correlation between storylines is needed for the extra 'oomph'. Great film, has now become a cult trilogy. Let's hope they don't over do it and bring out another sequel.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2005
I rate the first "Ginger Snaps" as the finest werewolf film I've ever seen - beautifully scripted, well directed, and great chemistry between Emily Perkins and Katherine Isabelle. The sequel, "Ginger Snaps Unleashed", was also a fine production. Do you sense I'm delaying getting to the point?
"Ginger Snaps Back" does not live up to the standards of the first two. It's not a bad film, it's just not exceptional. It sets out to explore where the curse of the werewolf originated - was Ginger bitten randomly (in "Ginger Snaps"), or had she been hunted down the years by a destiny she could never hope to escape?
So, this prequel takes us back to the year 1815 - Napoleon is meeting his Waterloo in Belgium ... but in a palisaded fort near Hudson Bay, the remnants of a group of trappers are praying that their missing colleagues will return with supplies before winter really sets in.
Riding through a chilly forest, lightly dusted in fresh snow, our two heroines share a horse. The animal will soon be scared off by some unseen evil lurking in the trees. Brigitte will be injured. She and Ginger will be led to the illusionary safety of the fort by a taciturn Indian. Together forever, the two sisters will be greeted with suspicion and threats by the trappers. You'd think two nubile young ladies would get an entirely warmer welcome, but only the Indians seem pleased with their arrival - legend has it that the coming of the red and the black sisters will augur the raising of an ancient curse. The scene is set ... .
It's a very atmospheric film - the opening shots in the forest are beautifully framed and focused. The lighting and photography throughout is excellent. Direction is fine. But it falls down in having a weaker plot than the earlier films, and that has knock-on consequences for the actors. There are some talented people on show, but some of the parts are distinctly wooden - it's as if the cold weather has entered the script and snuffed out the flame of personality which animated the previous two films.
Emily Perkins and Katherine Isabelle were electrifying in the original "Ginger Snaps". Their relationship was the central dynamic to the plot, and it gave an intensity to their roles and their performances. Here, the relationship between Ginger and Brigitte is neutered. It remains a significant element, but it lacks dynamism and vitality; if anything, it actually holds back the flow of the plot in places and creates tensions in the structure of the film. It just doesn't achieve the intensity of the first film, and, because of that, the performances are less convincing. At times Emily Perkins is just required to stand around looking maniacal; at times, Katherine Isabelle is just required to stand around.
It is not a bad film. It has genuine tension and some genuine scary moments. It also has some very funny moments. And it has great atmosphere. But you sense it is a bit self-conscious, you sense that it is a film too far and that a lot of the people concerned with it are aware of the fact.
A very watchable film ... the extras on the DVD include a director's video diary which gives some interesting insights into the problems of making a movie ... but it isn't exceptional.
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on 31 August 2012
I have watched all the ginger snap films and this one is another good one i am well glad i got it as it really dose answer a few questions so you will enjoy it is you get it i so did.
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on 29 January 2013
Purchased Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps II and this is the last film in the series. If you like horror and vampires and werewolves then you will like this series too.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2006
This movie was great, i've only watched it recently but it rocks, the characters are great in there own strange way.
Though the movie is the prequel set 1n 1815 canada, fort baily a trading company sends out men to hudson bay with anaimal pelts, to collect food for the harsh winter, in 1815 they didn't come back.......
Ginger and brigette once again find themselves in a deadly situation, with twists turns and great scenes, this movie is worth buying!
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on 14 August 2014
I got bored didnt watch for long prefer the other 2 ginger snaps films
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